12/07/2012 01:44 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2014

The Hottest Holiday Tech Gifts Of The 80s And 90s: Super Nintendo, Floppy Disks And Modems, Oh My!

Dig out that New Kids on the Block poster and polish off your "Ghost" laserdisc: HuffPost Tech is taking you all the way back to the first Bush presidency.

2012's hottest tech gifts seem to be coming in to focus: The iPad Mini and iPhone 5 are sure to be in high demand, as are Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet and the latest console from Nintendo, the Wii U.

So, as we are putting our own gift lists together, we thought we'd take a peek back to the past, and ask the question: What if you were shopping for a techie in, say, 1992? What gizmos, gadgets and electronic doohickeys would you be desperately searching for twenty years ago?

As an answer to those two questions, we've got your definitive gift guide for the early 1990s and late 1980s. All of what follows are direct quotes from newspaper and magazine high-tech holiday guides of at least twenty years ago, giving you a glimpse of the tech landscape in a time just before the Internet was just about to explode.

Enjoy this blast from the past, and remember: Everything you're drooling over this holiday season will look just as ridiculous, clunky and expensive in twenty years, too.

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